Who Do We Believe?

worsham Lew Worsham was a player, teacher, coach, and mentor. His may not have been a household name, but those in the avid golf world definitely knew of him.

Lew Worsham

Six PGA Tour wins including:

•1946 Atlanta Invitational

•1947 U.S. Open, Denver

•1951 Phoenix Open

•1953 Jacksonville Open, World Championship of Golf


I found this interesting 1959 article from Golf Magazine. The part that I would like you to respond to is Lew said he played golf or felt the golf swing thru his hands.* But in the article Angus Murray says the pictures he saw of Lew do not represent what Lew says.

My question to you: Do we go with what the man who has won was teaching or do we go with the opinion of a writer looking at pictures?

Here's an excerpt from this article:


Rotate your body and keep your hands firm*

1959 - Lew Worsham wrote... "Activate your hands for wedge shots that bite”

Many golfers try to add loft to their wedge shots by "scooping" the ball and finishing with most of their weight on the right leg. The result is a short shot that lands with no backspin. To fix this, address the ball with your weight favoring your left leg. The way to punch the ball is to restrict your pivot and generate power from your arms and especially your hands*, while keeping your head as steady as possible.

Key Move To correct a scooping move on your wedge shots, you should address the ball with 60 percent of your weight on your left leg.

2009 - Angus Murray wrote... Rotate your body and keep your hands still for solid wedges.

Hands firm through impact for solid wedges

The fault is still the same. Hanging back on the right leg and scooping is probably the number-one fault I see with students. But the fix today is different. When I look at the picture from the 1959 issue  you'd probably say it was correct. But what Lew Worsham does in the picture is not always what he says in the text. This is an example of how teachers taught what they felt in the swing, not what they were actually doing. In the original tip, Worsham talks about keeping his head steady, but in the picture his head is looking over to the left side of his body. He also talks about using his hands a lot in this swing*, but in the picture his hands look steady. To hit this shot today, you want to take your hands completely out of it. Take the club back and rotate only your body, keeping your hands and wrists firm through impact without a lot of flippiness. This is especially true for high-handicappers, because their version of "hands" is scooping.

Tell me what you think!

*Yellow highlighted lines correspond to the yellow "Hands" of my color-coded system of learning, which you can learn more about in my ebook.